Since the unprecedented success of Workers (published by Phaidon in 1993), Sebastiao Salgado has been focusing his attention on the displacement of peoples across geographical and political boundaries. The series of pictures in Terra tells the story of the forced migration of the Brazilian peasants and their struggle to survive in the face of joblessness and extreme poverty. Salgado shows the efforts of the peasants to reclaim the arable land they see as their natural heritage and recounts how this fight has often resulted in bloodshed. His empathy and understanding of the victims' plight and of human nature unbowed in the face of terrible adversity shines forth in these photographs, which are introduced by the Portuguese writer Jose Saramago and accompanied by poems by the Brazilian composer and popular singer Chico Buarque de Hollanda. Comprising 109 compelling photographs (the majority of which have never been seen before), this book is a moving photographic record of the 'landless' of Brazil.
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"Because death belongs to all, so too should life," observes Portuguese writer José Saramago in a preface to this remarkable volume of black-and-white images. But death is easy and life is hard in Sebastião Salgado's native Brazil, where exploitation of labor and mechanization of agriculture have combined to paint a bleak future for the country's rural population. Even the faces of small children are clouded with despair in this book, which is at once a testament to human courage and a powerful argument for agrarian reform--a long-promised and long-delayed reform that has led to a bloody struggle to take possession of unused land in private hands.About the Author:
Sebastiao Salgado (b.1944) is one of the leading photojournalists working in the world today. Born in Brazil and trained as an economist, his political activities led to his exile in the late 1960s working as a photojournalist in 1973. He has reveived many awards, including the W Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography, and his many books have been published to great acclaim. He is currently based in Paris.Jose Saramago is a Potuguese writer who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1998.
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Descrizione libro Phaidon Press, 1998. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110714837008